Prepping Ourselves for the 2012 WSOP Final TableWednesday, October 24th, 2012 by Ryan
The World Series of Poker is one of the most talked about poker series’ year in and year out. When the series decided to take the long break between the bubble boy and the final table at the WSOP Main Event, which is one of the largest poker tournaments in the world and features a $10,000 buy-in, the hype got even larger behind the tournament. Everyone loved the idea of having to wait and see who would end up taking down the biggest title in poker, and how the players from the final nine would be able to adjust their play when they made it to the “November Nine” (or October this year). The final nine players at this year’s World Series are ready to get underway, and the action is going to kick off on October 28th, 2012. The tournament final is held at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the eventual winner is not only going to get the bracelet and the bragging rights, but also an incredible $8.5 million first place pay day as well.
While in the past there have been some big named players to make it to the final table, making the hype even larger than ever, this year’s final table is a whole lot different though. If you look at the group of players who are going to be playing for the title, you’ll find that the anticipation isn’t quite as large due to the fact that the players really are overall pretty anonymous and unknown to the poker world. We’ve seen players in the past that draw huge followings like Phil Ivey, Ben Lamb, and Michael Mizrachi for example, but now we are going to have a completely different look. It’s not always a bad thing though, as we could see a player come out of the wood works and turn into a fan favorite quickly, just as we’ve seen a few others in the past, like Dennis Phillips, Jerry Yang, Martin Staszko, and even Darvin Moon.
All of the players at the final table this year have their own accomplishments, but obviously none will ever compete (probably) with the fact that they are down to the final nine from a staggeringly large starting field, and are playing in front of millions of people on television. The fact is, we’ll probably learn more about the players who are at this final table in the upcoming days when the action kicks off, than we have known about them at any other time ever. It’s not a bad thing exactly, but it will mean that we’ll probably see less players watching the action when it begins.
As far as the players themselves go, there is one player sitting a good amount above the others in terms of chips to start things off on the 28th, which is Jesse Sylvia with 43,875,000 chips. After that it is Andras Koroknai with 29,375,000, Greg Merson with 28,725,000, Russell Thomas with 24,800,000, Steven Gee with 16,860,000, Michael Esposito with 16,260,000, Robert Salaburu with 15,155,000, Jacob Balsiger with 13,115,000, and last but not least is Jeremy Ausmus with 9,805,000 and a little bit of work to do to get back into the middle of the pack.
If you’ve learned anything from past World Series of Poker Main Events though, it’s that anyone has a shot to make a run at this thing if they can get hot at the right time. All it takes is a double up or two to be right back into the mix, or one or two lost all-in’s for the top players to fall from the ranks. Not many people have a lot of information about these players, but that could very well make the final table of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event even more interesting, or at least as interesting, as final tables of this tournament in the past.
The key differences between this year’s final table and the past year’s, is that there isn’t one of those players who sticks out that you could write about if they won the event, like a Phil Ivey or a Ben Lamb, or anyone who comes in as the popular choice to pull off an upset. The potential upset players from past years include the likes of Joseph Cheong, John Racener, or Jason Senti back in 2010, and in 2011 the players like Eoghan O’Dean, whose father is incredibly well-known, Martin Staszko who came out of nowhere, and Matt Giannetti who was a popular choice to make the run.